N.K. Jemisin- Next Generation Nerd Turned Pioneering Prizewinner

Becca Anderson, author of The Book of Awesome Women Writers, has written a blog post on the life and career of award-winning author N.K. Jemisin.


Nora K. Jemisin is an award-winning writer of speculative fiction (which includes such genre categories as science fiction and fantasy), including both numerous short stories and eight full-length novels. Born in 1972, she started off her writing career with a splash when The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2011. That same year, she also cowrote a nonfiction work, Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture. She was a counseling psychologist and educator with degrees from Tulane and the University of Maryland; but via a 2016 Patreon campaign, she was able to raise enough collective funding so that since then, she has been able to focus solely on her writing, exploring themes including cultural conflicts and inequality. Also, from 2016 to 2019, “Otherworldly,” her column on science fiction, ran in the New York Times; she continues to contribute long-form reviews to that flagship newspaper.

She is the author of the Broken Earth trilogy, consisting of The Fifth Season (2015), The Obelisk Gate (2016), and The Stone Sky (2017); when The Fifth Season won a Hugo Award for Best Novel, she became the first African American author to win a Hugo in that category. Then the two sequels each won her another Hugo Award, making her the only author ever to win the Best Novel Hugo in three consecutive years. The Stone Sky also won a Nebula Best Novel Award as well as a Locus Best Fantasy Award, and a television adaptation of The Fifth Season is planned as of this writing. In 2019, a collection of her short stories entitled How Long ‘til Black Future Month? won an American Libraries Association Alex Award. Besides her distinguished fiction career, she is also an anti-racist and feminist political blogger. N.K. Jemisin lives in Brooklyn and is just hitting her stride as a writer of note.

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